21st Century Skills & Job-Readiness

Statistics about how we can best prepare our young people for a future in flux.

– 70% of young people currently enter the workforce in jobs that will be radically affected by automation. 50% of these are jobs that will be affected by automation in the next 10-15 years. (FYA, The New Work Order)

– 60% of students are being trained in jobs that will be radically changed by automation. (FYA, The New Work Order)

– More than half of Australian workers will need to be able to use, configure or build digital systems in the next 2-3 years. (FYA, The New Work Order)

– 30% of Australian workers are collaborating through flexible working arrangements involving multiple jobs & employees. (FYA, The New Work Order)

– 1 in 3 young Australians are unemployed or under-employed. (FYA, The New Work Order)

– The average 12 year old will have 17 different jobs in their lifetime, across 5 different industries. (FYA, 2016)

– 44% (5.1 million) of current Australian jobs are at high risk of being affected by computerisation and technology over the next 20 years. (PWC, 2015)

– Jobs that are unlikely to be automated in the next 20 years include doctors, nurses & midwives; education, health & welfare managers; ICT managers; school teachers; and engineers. (PwC, 2015)

– Problem solving skills drives a $7,745 higher pay check, digital literacy $8,648 and presentation skills $8,853. (FYA, 2016)

– There has been a 212% increase in the demand for digital literacy skills in job ads in the last three years and 158% for critical thinking. (FYA, 2016)

– One-third of Australian 15 year-olds are not proficient in problem solving, financial literacy or digital literacy. (De Bortoli & Macaskill, 2012)

– Only 1 in 10 teachers have recently participated in professional development to help students develop generic, transferable skills for the future workplace. (ACER, 2014)

– In Australia, some 40% of jobs are estimated to be highly affected by automation in the next 10 to 15 years. (Committee for Economic Development of Australia, 2015)

– Around 35% of Australian 15-year olds showed low proficiency in problem solving (FYA, 2016)

– More employers are demanding enterprising skills among young employees. Between 2012 and 2015, demand for digital skills went up 212% over three years, while critical thinking increased 158%, creativity increased by 65% and presentation skills by 25%. (FYA, 2016)

– Today careers are often not so linear. While virtually every child is asked, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’, only 6% of adults end up in the careers they wanted when they were younger. (FYA, 2016)

– The skill sets of many jobs are ‘portable’ to other jobs. In fact, on average, when a person trains or works in 1 job, they acquire skills for 13 other jobs. This is because, for many jobs, employers demand very similar skills. (FYA, 2016)

Check out FYA’s report, ‘The New Work Mindset’, published in 2016 for a description of which job clusters have the strongest future prospects. http://www.fya.org.au/report/the-new-work-mindset-report/

– On average, every $1 invested in social-emotional learning programs yields $11 in long-term benefits, ranging from reduced juvenile crime, higher lifetime earnings, and better mental and physical health. (Tessera, 2016)

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